CMT (Carrier Mortar Tracked) Reconnaissance Vehicle,Indian Army
The Carrier Mortar Tracked (CMT) vehicle is a self-propelled mortar system developed by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in India. It is manufactured by Ordnance Factory Medak.
The Carrier Mortar Tracked vehicle is based on “Sarath” Indian licence-produced variant of BMP-2. The first prototype was complete in 1997 and it is currently in production at the Ordnance Factory Board, India. India manufactured around 220 CMT.
Design and Features
The CMT vehicle has crew capacity of 2+4 members.It weighs 13 tonnes and powered by 300 HP engine.The power to Weight ration of vehicle is 23 and It can move on road with maximum speed of 65 kmph and in cross country 48 kmph.
It can be operated by all mechanised infantry battalions moves along with the leading mechanised elements providing instantaneous fire support up to a depth of five km behind enemy lines. It can also provide protection to crew and mortar fires.
The Carrier Mortar Tracked Vehicle not only provides services like aerial targets but also it has amphibious characteristics as it can move in water with the effective speed of 7 kmph.
This turret-less version has an 81 mm mortar mounted in the modified troop compartment. The mortar is fired through an opening in the hull roof that has two hinged doors. It has a maximum range of 5,000 m and a normal rate of fire of 6-8 rds/min .There is also a long-range version of the mortar. The vehicle carries 108 mortar rounds and is also fitted with a 7.62 mm machine gun with 2,350 rounds.
The CMT also carries a standard aiming circle, along with grease pencils, rulers, protractors, etc., to be used if there is no FDC to provide firing coordinates or is no mortar ballistic computer is available. Part of the space where the turret used to be is covered (primarily a small section at the front of the circle where the turret was and at the rear), has hatches which open to the left and right. The mortar fires through this hatch space.
The mortar can be fired with an angle of 40 to 85 degrees, and traverse 24 degrees on either side without having to actually move the entire vehicle. The mortar can be fired within 23 seconds of a halt, and brought back into traveling order within 30 seconds. A mortar ballistic computer is provided, allowing the CMT to provide its own fire solutions.
However, the CMT can digitally transmit firing information, as well as the coordinates of the target, to other vehicles and mortar emplacements. The CMT has a long-range data-capable computer and s short-range computer. The mortar crew is separate from the driver and commander, instead of the commander and driver being part of the standard mortar crew of the CMT.
the CMT does have copious ammunition space, including the associated racks for the ammunition. More space is taken up by the mortar itself. The commander has a hatch on the front right, which is usually armed with an IOF MG-6A Machinegun. The commander’s hatch is surrounded by vision blocks, and has electric traverse with manual backup.